Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Daughter's Grateful Heart

Similar to the best surprise I got in 2009, when I thought I was seeing an apparition when I saw my Mom in our house, my Mom is here again and I am beyond happy!  Just like before, I was kept in the dark and thought I was only sending my husband to do some grocery shopping.  When he came back, he entered the house looking for me, asking that I step out to help him carry the items in.  When I went to the garage, my jaws dropped when I saw my Mom inside my husband’s car! 

Her arrival could not have been more timely given that I have been completely losing my mind with Noah being sick.  Though it seemed Noah was feeling better by the time Mom arrived last Sunday, seeing my Mom and having her around just helps me feel more able to stay sane.  I’m a 38 year old woman and yet the truth is that I will never stop being a daughter, needing and wanting my Mommy with me especially in times of distress.  I know that anyone who now lives away from family and rarely gets to see them, can relate to this…assuming of course you are in good relations with them and don’t see the distance as a blessing. 

My heart is full of gratitude at the moment.  Other than feeling grateful that I am seeing my son recover from a week-long illness, I am grateful for family.

I am grateful that my parents are both reasonably healthy and that their presence continues to bless my daily life even though we are geographically apart most months in a year.

I am grateful that they are wonderful human beings who made sure my siblings and I grow old loving and respecting each other, looking out for each other and wishing each other nothing but the best.  This I will always be certain of even though I live so far away from them. 

I am grateful that I have a mother who takes the time to visit me from across the globe despite the inconvenience of needing a visa and travelling for approximately 24 hours.

I am grateful that my mother is still physically strong and able to endure that sort of travel.  I’m also grateful that she is willing to spend that much money to be with me.  Thank you Mom…ALWAYS.

I am grateful that I have family from back home that continues to keep me close to their hearts and never fail to cheer me up by sending gifts and goodies from the Philippines.  he stereotype has always been that Filipinos in the US are expected to send money and gifts to families back home.  I'm extremely fortunate that no such expectation exists in my family and that they're even the ones always sending gifts for me!  How amazing is that? To my siblings, sister- and brother-in-law, my cousins, aunt and uncle, you’re simply the best!  I am deeply touched by your thoughtfulness and generosity.  

I am nearing my 8th year (migration) anniversary, and though I have gotten used to my new way of life here in the U.S., the Philippines will forever hold a most special spot in my heart.  It will always speak of who I am, will always hold special memories and such unparalleled wonderful experiences with people who have always been precious to me and significant in every way to my being.  Most of all, it is 'home' because it is where I first learned all about love and what FAMILY truly means. 

What do you feel most grateful for today given the family you were born into?  Whether near or far, how do you stay 'close'?